Debbie Iurato left a positive impact on the Warwick community


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  • File photo by Roger Gavan Debbie Iurato (left) with her Home for the Holidays co-chair Mary Beth Schlichting. Iurato died Monday at Westchester Medical Center at the age of 63.



By Roger Gavan

— The Warwick community just lost another of its most treasured citizens.

On Monday, Jan. 23, Debbie Iurato passed away at Westchester Medical Center. She was 63 years old.

Iurato and her husband, Bill, were co-owners of Peck's Wines and Spirits on Bank Street in the Village of Warwick.

But she was more than a business owner and best known for her numerous contributions to the Warwick community.

Debbie Iurato served as the longtime treasurer of the Merchant Guild, an important committee of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce.

She also had also been a board member for the Town of Warwick Historical Society.

Among her most memorable contributions was serving for 10 years as co-chair with Mary Beth Schlichting of the annual and highly successful celebration of Home for the Holidays. They also worked together on the gift certificate program and major annual events like Ladies Night Out and Queen for a Day.

"She was the yin to my yang, my buddy and a best friend," said Schlichting. "We discussed everything about the business district and spent hours together coming up with new ideas. I miss her."

Memorial visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Warwick Reformed Church, 16 Maple Ave.

Debbie Iurato's obituary appears on page 25.

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